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Egypt coach explains elimination despite cow sacrifice


Egypt coach, Rui Vitoria has described his side’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, exit as bad luck despite the Pharaohs sacrificing a cow in a bid to bring them good luck at the tournament.

Recall that Egypt lost 8-7 on a penalty shoot-out against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the AFCON round of 16 on Sunday night following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Egypt goalkeeper, Mohamed Abou Gabal missed his penalty in the shootout against Congo.

Before the match, Egypt’s team spokesman, Mohamed Morad, had told the Associated Press (AP) on Friday, that the country’s Football Federation killed a cow and distributed the meat to needy people in Cairo, Egypt earlier on Thursday.

Speaking at his post-match interview after the game, Vitoria said when asked about his future: “This is not the time for hasty decisions; we will think before making any decision.

“This is not the end; we did not expect defeat. Bad luck was the reason for Egypt’s loss against the DR of Congo.

He added, “The players were very good and this is football – it has both happy and sad times.

“We prepared this team for the Africa Cup of Nations, but there are times when you put in all your effort and the result is not as expected. We need to look at our future goals.”

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